NFL rumors have been swirling around James Hanna. Many were under the impression that he was going to be leaving the Dallas Cowboys because management wanted an upgrade at the tight end position. Some thought that he was going to be signing with the San Diego Chargers because he scheduled a visit with them. According to NBC Sports, the Cowboys have decided that they want Hanna to stick around for another three seasons, so they spent $8.25 million to make it happen.
Though he was an excellent catcher when he played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners, James Hanna had developed into a blocking tight end in the NFL. That’s how the Dallas Cowboys utilized him as a complement to Jason Witten. When you’re playing with one of the best tight ends in the history of the National Football League, you generally want to lay low and let him have all the spotlight that he deserves.
James Hanna is a role player, and the Dallas Cowboys like him for that. However, for the two tight end system to truly blossom, they needed another tight end that was more of a star. The belief is that Hanna is going to get a chance to earn that number two tight end spot, as you can usually find competent number three tight ends for less than a million dollars a year. Whether or not Hanna is up for the role is an uncertainty at this point.
Something that makes the James Hanna signing interesting is the fact that the Dallas Cowboys already have a number three tight end on the roster. Geoff Swaim is still under contract to the team. It leads many to believe that the Cowboys are really going to commit more to the dual tight end sets because NFL teams usually just keep three tight ends on the roster. The added depth makes it seem like Dallas is going to be utilizing their tight end depth even more so than before.
Surprises happen all the time when it comes to free agency in the NFL. That’s one of the things that makes this time of year so fascinating and entertaining. Teams in the National Football League are hoping to improve their chances of making it to the Super Bowl, and it starts now.
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